Behind the scenes with Governance Institute’s virtual National Conference content curator, Anji Kurian

On 7 and 8 December 2020, Governance Institute’s virtual National Conference will bring together renowned company directors and business leaders from around the world — from the trusted voices who have led diverse organisations for decades to young and innovative leaders forging new paths.

We look forward to virtually welcoming you, our governance and risk management community from Australia and beyond, as we understand and prepare for the mega trends that will define the business landscape and shape strategy in the years to come.

Rather than focusing on the buzzwords of 2020 — tumultuous, unprecedented, extraordinary — we were motivated by the themes that will lead us out of the experiences of 2020.

Leadership. Trust. Foresight. It is on those three concepts that we have built the agenda for National Conference 2020.

In the opening chapter for the World Economic Forum’s Insight Report Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-COVID World, National Conference speaker Ngaire Woods CBE, Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University writes about how
‘The post-COVID world will be shaped by decisions being made in the crucible of the fight against the virus.’ She goes on to say that the uncertainty has only magnified the importance of leadership.

How can each of you in your roles lead strategy that is relevant today and rooted in reality, while being resonant to engage, inspire, affect and hold the interest of all stakeholders? And be intuitive, imaginative and innovative during one of the most challenging times for governance and risk management.

The program
The packed two-day agenda will be delivered virtually on a platform that will give you a dynamic, insight-rich, connected and engaging experience. There will be opportunities for networking and entertainment, including moments of magic, music and mindfulness.

The virtual conference opened the door for us to secure more international speakers than ever before in the conference’s 37-year history. It also means that members of our community can join us safely from every part of Australia — including new faces who may not have been able to attend our east coast city conference in the past.

The program will look at the big ideas in governance and risk management in our plenary sessions before drilling down in the two concurrent streams on how to embed those concepts into a practical strategy.

You’ll access thought leadership content on the future of the risk management professional and the directions for Australian innovation alongside discussions on what drives our future leaders and the seismic shifts in workforce models. Understand the state of the global economy, the shifts in geopolitical landscapes and the impact and implications for your organisation and Australia’s role globally and in the region.

Key themes include

  • The pillars for modern governance
  • The future of work and how to become an influential and trusted leader throughout continuing uncertainty
  • How forward-looking boards can avoid threat rigidity, and empower your executive for adaptability and innovation
  • Challenging traditional lines of defence in risk management to deliver a seamless, collaborative and enterprise- wide strategy
  • The ethical dilemmas that challenge risk management in a crisis
  • Stakeholder expectations and why ESG remains a priority in conversations on the corporation
  • The regulatory and governance pathways to lead in global stakes for technology, AI and automation
  • The urgent policy and economic measures to strengthen the capacity of charities and not-for-profits to build community resilience and recovery

Speaker line-up
Delivering this broad and ambitious program is a dream speaker panel. Michael Chaney AO leads the Australian line-up with stalwart non-executive directors like Diane Smith-Gander AO, Jillian Broadbent AC, Maj Gen (Ret), Gus MacLachlan AO, Ming Long AM and Ronni Kahn AO, and management leaders like Susan Llloyd-Hurwitz, Athalie Williams, Simon Pordage FGIA FCIS and William Cox. The international panel includes Ngaire Woods CBE, Klaus Moosmayer and Michelle Edkins.

View the full speaker line up


Governance Institute’s National Conference offers you the best program on governance and risk management in Australia each year. In 2020 it is stratospheric.

Join your peers
Join us to hear from an exceptional panel of global leaders. Gain the insights that will set you up to create the new, adapt the known and anticipate the unknown.
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